The Earth Sciences and Resources Institute
was created in 1973 to conduct applied research and
service in environmental geosciences, engineering and
computer applications. ESRI-SC is an extramurally funded
institute within the University of South Carolina. Our
mission is "the scholarly pursuit of earth
science-related applied research and service in support
of the overall research, service, and teaching mission
of the University of South Carolina. We provide
integrated solutions to challenging geoscience and
envrionmental conservation issues by maintaining a
dynamic ensemble of core technical capabilities while
offering student training and mentorship through work
study and graduate research opportunities".
ESRI-SC's capabilities related to government and private sector sponsored environmental studies and services include integrating geology, hydrology, and geochemistry with advanced computer applications for characterization of groundwater and surface water systems, water quality assessment, prediction of flow and solute transport, state-of-the-art environmental geophysics, and advanced geographic information systems development. Our applied research focuses on both site specific and regional scale projects that involve field, laboratory, and modeling activities. Further, ESRI-SC has extensive capabilities and experience conducting watershed studies, analyzing conservation efforts and best management practices, and developing user-oriented software solutions to a wide variety of natural resource problems.
Director: Dr. Camelia C. Knapp